Stream Detectives Return – And Spring Into Spring

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In the forests we have come to count on a number of things emerging and returning with the new life of spring – skunk cabbage, vultures….. and the citizen scientists from the Forest Grove Community School. This spring they added to their normal research questions, related to creek health, an additional inquiry question “how does […]

Portland State Explores the Forest

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On April 16th we enjoyed a lively visit to the Timber Forest by Dr. Jennifer Allen and students in her forest policy class. The group wandered through both the forest and the range of issues (ecological, economic, political, and cultural) related to the forest.

Amphibian Stocks on the Rise

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For the eighth year, our small – but brave – core team completed the annual round of amphibian monitoring on April 2nd. We were heartened to find an expansion of species into new areas and strong populations in our main wetlands. The species we have been most excited to see surviving and expanding is the […]

Talking With Owls

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Here is a report on our first efforts at monitoring for owls in the forests. This is somehting we’ve wanted to do for years – but have resisted, due to our commitment to trying to keep our monitoring program from continuing to grow. Night 1 – March 2 in the Manning Forest (100 Acre Wood) […]

Coho Worship

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Aye, it was a cold, snowy, wet day but a great group of about 45 hearty souls showed up to welcome and cheer the the returning coho and see the old year out and usher the new year in. Writers, loggers, educators, scientists, students……, it was a meeting of old fiends and new. About five […]

Bumper Year for ‘Shrooms

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In the forests every year has its unique characteristics – big floods, strong winds, really dry….. . One characteristic that has made 2010 remarkable has been the large number and variety of fungi in the forests. As you can see, Pam gets excited about the chanterelles. She has tested the maxim that “one cannot live […]

Forest Grove Community School Students Continue Creek Research

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“Team Kestrel” and teacher Charlie Graham of the Forest Grove Community School continue to be the most committed and focused of the school-based research teams working in the woods. Braving some seriously cold and wet weather, they completed their annual, 2 part, “check up” of creek health this Fall. Perhaps the best lessons learned were […]

Hyla Woods News – Thanksgiving 2010

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Hyla Woods News – November 2010: Piles of leaves, cold rain, rising creeks, and shrinking daylight remind us that the coho are headed upstream and it’s about time to share some news and deliver some invitations. The ways in which so many of you have been directly involved with the forests during the past year […]

The Salmon are Back!

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The Salmon are Back! Following several years of discouragingly low numbers of coho returning to Lousignont Creek, we are thrilled to see a solid return of large, bright fish this winter. On Nov. 20th the Hayes clan watched 20 fish in the 1/4 mile upstream of the bridge, and this afternoon re saw about ten […]

Seattle Waldorf Returns

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Seattle Waldorf School Hyla Woods Forestry Experience Fall 2010 By Raizel Burstein-Frame We, the tenth grade class of the Seattle Waldorf High School spent the week of October 4-8th at Hyla Woods in Timber Oregon. I readily admit that I had my fair share of trepidations. Last year, the tenth grade at our school also […]